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The Dalai Lama Comments on the Refugee Crisis

Refugees in Germany Should Be a Temporary Solution

June 03rd, 2016
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His Holiness, the Dalai Lama commented on the refugee crisis in his latest interview in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – newspaper published on May 31st 2016. He expressed his concerns on the developing situation in Europe. He feels sympathy for the victims of the conflict in Middle East, and encourages those with more to give to those who are less fortunate. 

The Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama is known for his work for human rights and peace keeping. Therefore, his comments on refugees could be said to be surprising. The 14th Dalai Lama is himself considered to be a fugitive by the Chinese government, as they do not acknowledge his position as Lama of the Tibetan people. He is quoted to “feel the misery” of each individual refugee and has said that “Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany." His position on the matter could be understood as a diplomatic stance as he shares the concerns of the host countries and of those escaping war.

The anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany has gotten stronger as the influx of refugees has now reached over 1 million. The refugees have mostly come from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The situation in these countries is severe and the EU has tried to manage the situation by offering asylums for the victims of war. But this crisis has created tension among European Union members as some partner countries have come under great pressure to house and to attend to the needs of the refugees. From the point of view of cultural diplomacy, the refuge crisis is severe as diplomatic relations among counties have come under pressure. On the question of anti-Muslim sentiment, the Dalai Lama emphasized the core message within every religion, love. And people shouldn’t condemn the entire Muslim World because of a small group of individuals.

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Aira Lukka, CD-News